Where can I find funding for a sustainable agriculture project?
Answer: There are many different funding sources, programs, and grants for agricultural production. Finding a program that matches your project will require that you spend some time exploring the many different options.An excellent place to start is the USDA Small Farm Funding Resources, available online at www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ricpubs/small_farm_funding.htm. This guide contains information about funding sources for beginning farmers, training, technical assistance contacts, organizations with resources and programs for beginning and experienced farmers, and more.USDA’s Alternative Farming Systems Information Center has compiled a list of useful resources and contacts that you should explore. It is available at http://afsic.nal.usda.gov/where-can-i-find-agricultural-funding-resources.Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities, available at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=279, and NSAC’s Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs, available at http://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/grassrootsguide/, both offer information on federal grants and programs. For most of the federal programs, women receive some priority in funding. These two guides can help you find programs that may fit your project. The FSA Microloan Program is a newer program that is typically easier to qualify for and access than some of the other grant and loan programs.Also useful are the ATTRA publications Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers, available at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=381, and Federal Conservation Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching, available at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=280. Finally, ATTRA posts funding opportunities daily on its website at https://attra.ncat.org/calendar/funding.php.